Indecent exit: Kerala Minister's resignation
November 16, 2017
The Hindu editorial “The last resort” (November 16) has captured the entire content of the drama enacted by politicians and the media in Thiruvananthapuram this week ending with the indecent exit of Minister Thomas Chandy the resort owner. We, the people are paying dearly for having left governance totally to the whims of politicians. In politics, professionalism is conspicuous by its absence. And the resultant rot is spreading like cancer. You have hit the nail by concluding that the real ‘test for him (Pinarayi Vijayan ) will be to ensure that governance does not suffer amid his deft political manoeuvres.’ The test equally applies to leaderships of all political parties in India irrespective of denomination and size.
At this stage, Pinarayi Vijayan should break his silence and use his natural leadership qualities to put the Left Democratic Front back on track, weeding out recalcitrant partners and disciplining those who would like to continue the relationship with public interest and commitment to the Front’s approach to good governance as priority. This will need a break with NCP and telling CPI plainly that it is not the policy of LDF to take coercive tactics into the cabinet where deliberations will be the basis for decision-making.
About Thomas Chandy, his body language and expressions during these days is beautifully summed up in the words “a strange mix of nose-in-the-air arrogance and head-in-the-sand ignorance.” It was pathetic, watching him saying “Aa…Ithundallow…Vidhi” about High Court decree and “I have signed the letter head and given it to someone for being handed over to CM” about his resignation letter!
M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram